Sunday, June 20, 2010

Home Away From Home

We just got back home, and are leaving again on Thursday for a week's stay. We have been doing this increasingly, since 1998, so Rochester is feeling all too familiar.

But, I'm very grateful that we are within a day's driving (10 hours), and that they have been continuously in the know of advanced treatments.

So, I thought that you might like to see where I am, when I am missing from here! 

This photo is taken on a Sunday, when the clinic is closed.

They don't have an emergency room, since the hospitals attached to the clinic have extremely efficient ones, and they now also have satellite out-patient clinics placed all around the city, for treating people who may have the flu, poison ivy, colds. .illnesses that need medical attention, but not extensive testing. However, if it is determined that a person does need further tests, they make the appointments with the main clinic and all info is immediately transferred.

The section of building to the right is the Mayo Building. The section from the curved glass, to the left, is the Gonda Building.  It more than doubled the size of the clinic, and attached the Mayo building to the Methodist Hospital, Charlton Building and Eisenburg Buildings. There are several other buildings that house doctors offices and medical support services that are attached via the skyway, or what is called the subway, so that no one needs to go out in the frigid Minnesota winter weather. You only realize you are in a different building, when you notice the different style of architecture and decor.

Through the subway, or the skyway, you can also access a couple of hotels, a couple of banks, and a good number of retail shops and restaurants.  You could shop most of the day, and never go above ground!

Here is a photo of the clinic at the far end, overlooking Peace Plaza. The "Movie Theater" on the right, is really a Barnes & Noble bookstore! They kept much of the original architecture of the theater, including the high domed ceiling that they painted a deep blue, and put in little pinpoint lights that look like stars. It is two stories, with an escalator in the middle of the shop. You can access the store by the skyway, arriving on the second level, or the street level plaza entrance.  All year long (even in winter, when they have the days long holiday bazaar), they have open air markets, concerts and other activities on this plaza. 

There are numerous skylights and an atrium that bring lots of natural light into the lowest level.  Here in the atrium, you see a glass wall that goes up three stories. There is also a terraced patio right outside for enjoying the fresh air. Their flowers are fantastic!

There is also a grand piano in this area, as in other open common areas, with scheduled pianists and vocalists performing throughout the day. 

There is also an abundance of artwork, either permanent pieces, or rotating displays in cases all along the subway walls, in the elevator lobbies on each floor, statuary all over the grounds outside, and inside.

Dale Chihuly created 13 of these pieces, which are huge. .they don't show their enormity here, but they hang above the passageway to the garage, and you can see them at eye level, when you are waiting for your shuttle.

If you look back up at the photo of the atrium, you'll see a 6500 pound sculpture on the wall, that used to hang on the outside of the Mayo Building.  After the completion of the Gonda building, they rehung "Man & Freedom" by Ivan Mestrovic to oversee the atrium.

This is the inside of the main lobby of the Mayo Building:

But this is the entrance where all of the shuttle buses drop people off, and pick them up.  There are routes that go out to specific motels and hotels that run on schedules, so that you don't have to worry about finding a parking place, or dealing with traffic or road construction.

There is a whole courtesy crew ready to help anyone who needs a wheelchair, or other conveniences. When you arrive, you feel like you are at a luxury hotel!

The 20 story Gonda building was opened in October, 2001.  Since we were coming back every 85 days, we watched the construction from the very beginning, until completion, and since Ed's doctor was moved into the new section, we were one of the first to enjoy the new expansive windows and view, along with the new waiting and exam rooms.

The Methodist Hospital is attached to the clinic, and St. Mary's Hospital is a few blocks away. There is a shuttle that runs between St. Mary's and the clinic every 15 minutes.  Doctors operate and treat patients at both hospitals. It depends upon what kind of surgery you are having, and the scheduling of operating rooms.  Some outpatient surgeries are done in the clinic buildings too.  They are all one huge, super efficient system.

Getting an appointment is amazingly easy, and you get your test results often on the same day as your test, or at the most, the next day. No waiting days, or even weeks like we do here at home!

I continue to be in awe of their system, and like I said, so thankful that we are able to get treatment there for my hubby!

If anyone wants to know more about how to get there, numbers to call for appointments, or some suggestions of where to stay, or better yet, where not to stay, you are welcome to e-mail me. I'd be happy to help you if I can!

Wishing everyone a beautiful day, and a VERY Happy Father's Day to all of the Dads!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Join Us On The Water!

I remember being SO livid and SO upset when the oil spilled in Valdez, and I couldn't take off from work to go to Alaska to help. .and now, I've found out, I would have been turned away because I didn't live there. .go figure. .but I never, ever wanted to feel that helpless for something that I love so much, ever again.

Well, that was rather unrealistic, because now, I'm being torn and twisted from so many directions at once, I can't believe it, and one of them is the horrors of the oil spill in the Gulf.

I'm sure that many of you are sharing my anger and sadness. .sadness is too mild a word..anguish is more like it, accompanied by the helplessness.

Well, someone has come up with something that we can all do together, to try and send some healing power back to Mother Earth. .at least we can show her our love. 

Please click on this Divining Women link to read the details. Or click on the button on my sidebar.

It is really very simple to take part, no matter what your spiritual or religious beliefs. .we are all in this together.  Please try and take part, and spread the word!


Funny Friday

Being that I am apparently fulfilling my life's purpose as caterer and nurturer of felines, including the four orphaned kittens that I have been raising since a week after they were born, I found today's Garfield funny because it is so close to the truth!

And if we had dogs too, it would be the same. They all rule our hearts.

Wishing everyone a beautiful Friday!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Another Blog Tour!

Only this one is someone else's idea, and I'm really looking forward to it!

I love looking at those publications that showcase artists' workspaces. It is so interesting to me to see not only the reflections of their individual personalities, but practical things, like lighting, placement of workstations, colors used in their decor. .storage. .and in my mind, try to better define what I want in my own creative space which is a shambles at the moment.
Lo and behold, I found a blogger who not only likes looking at spaces where artwork is made, but she formed a tour last year and it was VERY successful!

So much so, she is doing it again this year, and right now, over 400 people have signed up to share photos and descriptions of their creative spaces, whether it be a tabletop, or a whole studio, with everything in-between thrown in!

Please go check out Karen Valentine's blog now (I've linked to the page with the details), where you can learn more, then sign up, or at least add the link to your sidebar, and remember on the 19th, to join in the tour!  This should be a lot of fun!!

Wishing everyone a beautiful evening!